Monday, 22 November 2010

Gas Patio Heater - A Guide For Safe Operation

Using a gas patio heater is a wonderful way to heat your outdoor patio. It can create ambiance in addition to keeping your guests comfortably warm even though they are outdoors. Gas patio heaters come in several different brands, models and styles, but they all have one thing in common: you need to be careful when you use them. Use the ideas in this guide to stay safe while you are using your gas patio heater.

Always supervise small children and pets when your outdoor heater is being operated. They produce a great deal of heat and can cause serious burns. Make your adult guests be aware of the danger as well. Don't let any of your guests touch your gas patio heater while it is being used.

Putting your towel on your heater to dry after you have a swim sounds like a good idea but it can lead to trouble. Never hang any flammable materials such as clothes or towels anywhere near an outdoor heater. You could have a fire or end up with scorched clothing.

Don't ever use your gas patio heater indoors. Doing this creates a fire hazard but it also could result in a gas leak. Fumes can escape even when an outdoor heater is not being used. The best idea is to never bring your heater indoors, period.

Never run your gas patio heater when there are high winds. Gusty wind can knock over the heater and cause a fire, or it could blow out the flame, causing gas to escape from the cylinder. Gas fumes are dangerous to breathe and you could have a medical emergency.

Make sure your outdoor heater is on a flat surface and away from all doors and other areas that get a lot of traffic. You don't want your heater to be knocked over and start a fire. The floor under and around the heater should always be clean and free of all debris. Take away anything you see on the floor near the heater. You might be preventing someone from tripping or falling into or up against the hot heater.

You should only operate your gas patio heater in a space that is well ventilated. Check for obstructions on a regular basis because you want the air near the heater to flow freely if any gas escapes. Do not run your outdoor heater on any indoor porch or patio, period.

When your heater is not running, remember that it is important to always keep it clean and free of any debris. Check to ensure there is nothing that will obstruct the heaters air holes or vents. Many things can block them, including spider webs. It is also important to regularly check the heaters hose connection for leaks. You can use soapy water to detect leaks, but if you do find one, take it in to be repaired by a professional technician. Always keep your gas patio heater out of the rain, and keep it covered whenever you're not using it. Always store your outdoor heater and its gas tanks outside, and never store flammable chemicals anywhere near them. Your heater and its gas cylinders should be stored in an upright position, not horizontally.

When you turn off your gas patio heater, always make sure the burner goes out. Before you touch or move it, make sure your heater has had enough time to cool off. Double check to make sure the gas is turned off when you are not operating your outdoor heater.

One more thing: always read and thoroughly understand your gas patio heaters entire operating manual. It will give you a good understanding of how to safely operate your particular outdoor heater. Do not even turn it on until you are certain you completely understand everything in the manual. If you have a hard time understanding something the manual says, ask a professional to explain it to you in detail. Safety always comes first when you are operating a gas patio heater.